Update 27.08.19 PM: It has been reported that there was a fire in a generator room onboard EUROPEAN SEAWAY yesterday while alongside at Dunkerque. The fire was extinguished with the help of the local fire brigade. Although we do not yet know how much damage was caused by the fire, it would appear highly unlikely that EUROPEAN SEAWAY will arrive in Larne early next week as planned.
P&O Ferries Dover-based freight Ro-Pax ferry EUROPEAN SEAWAY is currently expected to leave the French port of Dunkerque on Monday, September 2nd, with a destination of Larne. This will be the 1991-built vessel’s second stint at Larne this year, following a period of cover during May, June, and July. Her return will release EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY for a dry-docking lasting around three weeks. This is a result of ‘Causeway’s’ scheduled dry-dock earlier in the year being cut short due to delays with part-sister EUROPEAN HIGHLANDER returning from her own overhaul.
At present EUROPEAN SEAWAY will commence service between Larne and Cairnryan with the 23:59 departure from Larne on September 2nd, according to P&O Ferries booking engine. This would seem highly unlikely, however, if she is to leave Dunkerque the same day given the sailing time from the French port. EUROPEAN SEAWAY has been in warm layup at Dunkerque following the return of EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY from a quick dry-docking during early-July in order to ensure regulatory compliance. The scheduled return of EUROPEAN SEAWAY to the North Channel comes slightly later than previously reported.
As before, there will be a height restriction in place for freight vehicles on sailings operated by EUROPEAN SEAWAY. As she normally operates as a freight-only vessel, passenger facilities are more limited than on the regular vessels. All hot drinks and soft drinks are provided free of charge in the shared restaurant space. This will be the vessel’s third stint on the Cairnryan to Larne route with the first coming in 2017.